Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst has been declared top bidder for Vlasic. Heinz agreed to buy Vlasic's pickle and barbecue sauce businesses on the day it filed for bankruptcy protection. But Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst offered $370 million for the whole business and came out on top. Hicks has made some good food industry investments in the past, but may find the Vlasic buy-out to be rather a challenge.